Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth


The following taught courses are linked to CIRCY and share an interdisciplinary and international perspective that engages with real-world problems and practices:

Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA

A wide variety of careers involve working with children and young people with rewarding opportunities in the UK and internationally. Career pathways could include direct work with children and young people (for example, in schools or early childhood services, youth work or social work), further study, or policy-oriented employment.

With such a variety of potential careers in childhood and youth, and in an increasingly competitive employment market, graduates need to combine a strong academic grounding with a clear professional focus that will prepare them for the workplace. That is why we have developed the innovative Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA with a flexible professional focus.

Childhood and Youth Studies MA

An interdisciplinary, interprofessional Masters course offered in collaboration with anthropology, education, psychology and law. The Childhood and Youth Studies MA enables you to bring a range of contrasting disciplinary and professional perspectives to bear on policy, practice and research with children and young people.

Core modules are provided in the interdisciplinary field of childhood and youth studies, with students able to opt for specialised modules in areas such as child development, the anthropology of childhood, youth justice and development perspectives. All students have the opportunity to develop a specialist understanding of research methods with children and young people and may choose to undertake empirical research preparing them for doctoral study.

This MA is aimed at those with some existing experience of working with children and young people in a practitioner, policy or research capacity. We welcome both those working internationally as well as in the UK and Europe.

Researching Childhood and Youth

Social research with children and young people raises a range of unique challenges and opportunities with ethical, practical and methodological dimensions. This 15 credit module provides an overview of this specialist area of research methods giving you the opportunity to explore how traditional research methods can be adapted for work with younger participants, as well as understanding how new methodological approaches have grown from the specificity of working with children and young people.